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It is often said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results. By that definition, one Texas congressman could be certifiably crazy.
Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) attempted to introduce impeachment hearings in the House earlier this month, only to experience a resounding defeat. Now, the representative says he will ensure another vote for impeachment comes to the House floor soon.
We expect it will go about as well as the last one did.
The Big Failure
Green used a privileged resolution to force the House to vote on the impeachment last week without further debate. His fellow Democratic lawmakers, however, were not on board with the resolution; just 58 of nearly 200 House Democrats voted to continue with impeachment proceedings.
Many Democrats argued that it was too early to consider such a drastic move.
Both House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Mich.) rejected the measure in a joint statement, which read in part:
Right now, Congressional committees continue to be deeply engaged in investigations into the President’s actions both before and after his inauguration. The special counsel’s investigation is moving forward as well, and those inquiries should be allowed to continue. Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment.
Still, Green called the vote, and Republicans made a motion to set the vote aside.
Additionally, in a snub to their fellow Democrat lawmaker, a large portion of Dems supported the resolution to table the vote; it won easily with a 364 to 58 vote, effectively ending Green’s hopes for impeachment of the president — so far.
Green remains undeterred, however, and says he will push for another vote, although he did not specify when.
In a House floor speech on Tuesday, Green reiterated his desire for Trump’s impeachment:
There will be another vote to impeach this president. There will be another vote because I will not stand by and watch this country, the country I love, be brought into shame and disrepute because of a person who is unfit to hold the office of president. History will judge us all.
The symbolic vote might help the Dems gain a few seats in the midterm elections next fall — but it could backfire by galvanizing the GOP base, who want Trump to remain in office.
With the balance of power so close just after a polarizing presidential election, the next impeachment vote could be one of the factors that decides which party controls next year’s Congress.
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